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Costamare (NYSE:CMRE) Will Pay A Dividend Of $0.115

The board of Costamare Inc. (NYSE:CMRE) has announced that it will pay a dividend of $0.115 per share on the 6th of May. Including this payment, the dividend yield on the stock will be 4.0%, which is a modest boost for shareholders' returns.

View our latest analysis for Costamare

Costamare's Earnings Easily Cover The Distributions

While yield is important, another factor to consider about a company's dividend is whether the current payout levels are feasible. Before making this announcement, Costamare was paying a whopping 111% as a dividend, but this only made up 16% of its overall earnings. A cash payout ratio this high could put the dividend under pressure and force the company to reduce it in the future if it were to run into tough times.

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If the trend of the last few years continues, EPS will grow by 55.1% over the next 12 months. If the dividend continues along recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio will be 8.7%, which is in the range that makes us comfortable with the sustainability of the dividend.

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Dividend Volatility

The company has a long dividend track record, but it doesn't look great with cuts in the past. The dividend has gone from an annual total of $1.08 in 2014 to the most recent total annual payment of $0.46. Doing the maths, this is a decline of about 8.2% per year. Generally, we don't like to see a dividend that has been declining over time as this can degrade shareholders' returns and indicate that the company may be running into problems.

The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow

Dividends have been going in the wrong direction, so we definitely want to see a different trend in the earnings per share. We are encouraged to see that Costamare has grown earnings per share at 55% per year over the past five years. Earnings per share is growing at a solid clip, and the payout ratio is low which we think is an ideal combination in a dividend stock as the company can quite easily raise the dividend in the future.

Our Thoughts On Costamare's Dividend

Overall, we don't think this company makes a great dividend stock, even though the dividend wasn't cut this year. While the low payout ratio is a redeeming feature, this is offset by the minimal cash to cover the payments. This company is not in the top tier of income providing stocks.

Market movements attest to how highly valued a consistent dividend policy is compared to one which is more unpredictable. However, there are other things to consider for investors when analysing stock performance. For example, we've identified 4 warning signs for Costamare (1 can't be ignored!) that you should be aware of before investing. If you are a dividend investor, you might also want to look at our curated list of high yield dividend stocks.

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